Delta Interim Upper Stage System Study. Volume II. Technical Report.
Final rept. 1 Oct 74-30 Jun 75,
MCDONNELL DOUGLAS ASTRONAUTICS CO HUNTINGTON BEACH CALIF
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The Space Shuttle System will require an upper stage Space Tug, or OOS - Orbit-to-Orbit Shuttle to achieve maximum effectiveness. A reusable upper stage, although highly desirable, requires a greater initial cash outlay, which would compete for early Shuttle development program funds. Hence, an expendable upper stage, to be used in the interim, has been the subject of various government studies in recent years. This report describes the results of one of these studies, that which addressed the use of Delta launch vehicle hardware to satisfy this requirement. Basic Delta hardware is described, along with the changes which would be required to make it compatible with Shuttle. Both performance and costs are presented, and conclusions drawn.
- Liquid Propellant Rocket Engines
- Unmanned Spacecraft